This week, we were disappointed—but not surprised—to learn that the noted Consumer Electronics Show (CES) revoked an Innovation Award they'd given to a sex toy startup. We got the same rejection in 2017 when Crave applied to exhibit at the show. Their official stance is that we are considered "adult entertainment—a category they do not showcase at CES." Unofficially, however, we know this is not true: at CES 2018, a literal sex doll was shown on the floor of CES and AR porn for men was allowed t
Does anyone know a single person that enjoys shopping for sex-related products in drugstores? From hideous packaging to creepy names to the overabundance of available styles—right up to the part where you make uncomfortable eye contact with the cashier—I can't think of a single enjoyable step in the process. Considering
Logic-pushing designers Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet have brought us the swoopiest and most titillating smartphone concept I've seen in a few years. Intended to push the boundary of the interactive touch screen past the two dimensional, the Alo Smartphone incorporates holographic displays with voice control and a downright alien
Every now and then a product comes out where the sheer thrill of its existence is quickly replaced by a sense of horror that it took so long for something like it to come about in the first place. Such was the case with FLEX, a new kind of
The world recently lost a pioneer in the design field, a business innovator, and a passionate advocate for better sex. Joani Blank, founder of Good Vibrations, the first women-centered and all-inclusive sex toy shop in America, died on Saturday August 6th, at the age of 79. Blank started the
What will sex toys look like in 2050? Will porn finally make virtual reality popular? Are we in the midst of a design revolution in erotic products? Over the last month we've explored the frontiers of intimacy and technology through our special editorial series, the Core77 Sex-Tacular. Through conversations with
There are plenty of ways to store sex toys without using products specifically designed for that purpose. But there are a number of interesting design features on the products that are designed for organizing sex toys. The Joyboxx has a removable tray which can serve as a "bedside coaster for
According to the Chinese calender it's Year of the Monkey. San-Francisco-based designer Lehu Zhang wanted to design a poster to commemorate it, and came up with this: Well. Around 8,000 people retweeted the image with the hashtag "#designfail" conferred by entertainment publicist Greg Veks. The thick-skinned Zhang is taking
Virtual Reality is well-established in the cultural consciousness thanks to generations of sci-fi but it's taken ages for the technology to get traction IRL. Thanks to recent leaps in affordability and portability, content producers are taking the intimate immersive tech to its only natural conclusion: using it to look at
“I do not like the trend of attaching something to your phone to turn it into a vibrator. A phone is one of the dirtiest things around—why would someone want to put that near their clitoris when there are so many other more practical options out there? I also don’t like teddy bears, rubber ducks, or any other children’s toy turned into a vibrator.”
In the summer of 2013, Andy Quitmeyer was teaching electronics workshops to scientists in the jungles of Panama as part of his dissertation, when he met a woman with a very specific project in mind: a vibrator. Quitmeyer sat down with the woman and showed her how to program various vibrating patterns and build one of her own. "These scientists are spending all this time out in the jungle and have needs to be taken care of," Quitmeyer says. "It was a cool design challenge."
No need to be shy, human beings have been exploring our sexuality since the dawn of time and as it turns out, sex toys have been around for just as long. The history of their design offers a strange, often humorous, look at our constant quest for innovation and connection.
In February 2013 at Long Beach, I stood on a stage in front of 1500 people, all of whom had paid a lot of money to attend the week-long TED event. Trying to appear casual and confident but nervous as hell inside, I began my talk with the question, "Why
Ethan Imboden worked as an industrial designer for firms like Ecco and frogdesign, cranking out designs for everyday products (i.e., staplers and monitors), but grew to feel that he had something more to contribute. After starting his own design firm, he went with a client to the Adult Novelty Expo and saw bad design everywhere. He founded Jimmyjane as a response to that, and set out to use form, color, materials and so on to create premium vibrators. Now he's a visionary creative, with strong i
While I admittedly dread the seasonal turnover from tinseled holiday wreaths to heart-shaped chocolate boxes, this year I have something new to look forward to. Ti Chang and her team at Crave have recently announced the Crave Bullet, their elevated modern take on the traditional bullet vibrator. Since its
Make this Valentine's Day Sex-tacular! Before you swipe right in search of that new Tinderoni or text your ex, sit down, deep stretch and sketch out some ideas for your fellow beloved Core77ers. Following up on last year's Tech-tacular we're taking advantage of the lovers holiday to explore the way
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